If you have seen, or heard about, or held a copy of this book then you will know what a magical thing it is. The illustrations and words cannot fail to engage and inspire everyone who reads it to connect with the natural world and its sights and sounds. It is the book I would have grabbed every day at reading time as a child.
With your support I aim to make that possible for every child in Scotland.
On the day I received my copy of this book I made a bold statement on Twitter that I was going to make it my mission to deliver a copy to every primary school in Scotland. The response was hugely positive and came so fast I had no time to rethink my bold statement - time to start planning.
The plan - keep it simple
Raise £30,000 ......... buy 2087 books .......... deliver them to the schools!
Thanks to the support of the book's creators Robert and Jackie, and publishers Penguin agreeing to provide me with a special discounted bulk buy price, I will be able to purchase and deliver a copy to every Primary School for a total of £30,000, or just under £15 per book. This will potentially reach a total of over 400,000 young people across Scotland. If I can raise more money, I would love to include all the Secondary Schools and Special Schools as well, but reaching all the primary schools would be a great start.
With your donations we can make this happen.
STOP PRESS: Thanks to the generosity of the publisher, Penguin, having reduced the cost of purchasing the books to less than cost price, I am now aiming to deliver a copy to not only the Primary Schools, but also to every Secondary and Special School in Scotland (updated 08/12/17)
I am also very excited to say that everyone who makes a donation will be entered into a draw to win an original painting by Jackie Morris the illustrator of this magical book.
Why am I doing this?
I passionately believe that creating a connection to nature at a young age is really beneficial to our mental and physical health - not to mention the importance of that connection for the future of the planet! Saving the planet is a whole other campaign, for now I'm just going to focus on this first step, and I thank you for any support you can give.